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Thousands of bees swarm NYC street

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

It's not every day you see a swarm of bees in the middle of a Manhattan street.

Never mind one smack dab in the middle of an Upper West Side block.

One man said he’s never seen anything like it. “Never before, maybe in the country.”.

A neighbor called 911 after spotting the swarm around 1pm.

Within the hour, the NYPD's resident bee keeper, Detective Anthony Planakis, was on scene..

“You're in another world when you work on this stuff, I love it” he said.

Detective Planakis has been a bee keeper for almost 40 years.

So for him it's nothing new to stick your bare hands in a swarm.

However, New Yorkers watching all of this unfold couldn't believe what they were witnessing.

One man watching the commotion felt the detective was crazy for taking on the swarm of bees. “No protection? No protective gear?” he said.

Finally the detective put on his gear and gently scooped up the estimated 18,000 honey bees into a box, including the Queen bee herself..

A swarm like this usually only takes only 3-5 minutes to build..

As for why this happened, experts call it a natural phenomenon

No one was stung and no bees were hurt either.

A bee keeper on scene said the bees will be simply re located to another hive.

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